The Facebook page for the Empowering Spirits Foundation posted the following, about San Francisco chocolatier See’s Candy. In a post that credits the San Francisco Chronicle, the company “chose to close one of its most prominent and historic outposts in Union Square, the heart of San Francisco, rather than comply with the city’s nondiscrimination requirements.
See’s originally leased the kiosk from the San Francisco Parks Trust, but the kiosk was later transferred to The City, said Rich Hillis, deputy director of Recreation and Parks.
After it changed hands, See’s lease came up, at which point The City discovered that See’s was not providing all of the same benefits for domestic partners that it does for spouses – something The City requires of all companies it does business with.
See’s declined to change its policy and the lease was not renewed, Hillis said. The last candy morsel was vacated from the premises June 5.
To fill the space, The City is allowing Emporio Rulli, the vendor that rents the kiosk on the Stockton Street side of the square, rent the old See’s space for the next three years.”